Last December, I packed up my California home and headed to Texas. I was sick of living with a legislature that couldn’t do anything conservative or fiscally reasonable if our lives depended on it.

I wasn’t the only one who left searching for fiscal sanity.

In fact, so many other Californians have made the same decision that t-shirts, bumper stickers, and billboards in the Lone Star state warn, “Don’t California My Texas.” I took that as a humorous way of telling us California imports to leave our liberal values behind.

Turns out, Texans are doing a fine job liberalizing the state on their own.

As a newly-minted Texan, I was surprised that native born Texans supported Beto O’Rourke for Senate at a higher rate than California transplants. 

More recently, I was shocked to see the Texas legislature — with a supermajority of Republicans led by one-time conservative champions Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott — behaving pretty much like my old state’s legislature, which is controlled by a supermajority of Democrats. 

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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